A couple of weeks ago, the Linux Foundation announced the expansion of the OVP program to include ONAP VNF compliance testing. Vendors will be able to test their VNFs against ONAP using a self-service model, submit their results, and get a compliance badge. These VNFs will also get listed on the OVP site.
I think this is a very positive development. The program should contribute to the growth of the ONAP ecosystem that is critical for ONAP's long term success. There is plenty of information about the program and the benefits to Communication Service Providers (CSPs) and VNF vendors in the above links. So I'm not going to repeat this.
Instead I am going to address a key question: As a VNF vendor, should you engage now or wait & watch? That of course, depends on a cost-benefit analysis.
Since the tests are very light right now, the cost of passing OVP is simply to create an ONAP compliant VNF descriptor (VNFD). The program has only static tests and there are no functional, lifecycle management, monitoring or performance tests at this time.
In our view, the effort required for simple VNFs is:
At a $250K burdened salary, we are talking about a roughly $10K investment.
What's the benefit? That's not as easy to quantify, but qualitatively:
Is the benefit much greater than $10K? We think so, but ultimately you have to be the judge of that.
The benefit of waiting on OVP until 2020 or later is obviously the ~$10K savings in 2019. What is the cost? The cost again cannot be quantified, but qualitatively:
In summary, as a VNF vendor, you need to determine whether passing OVP in 2019 makes sense or not. We feel it should be an easy "Yes" based on the cost-benefit analysis above. If you agree but are not sure where to start, read our "VNF Onboarding for ONAP Whitepaper".
We can also help with our Aarna Networks ONAP Distribution (ANOD) along with ONAP training and ONAP deployment/VNF onboarding services. Feel free to contact us on any of these ONAP related topics.